British brand Magpie (www.magpieline.com) make some lovely things – from their gift-worthy mugs with different letters of the alphabet on, through to their cushions and tableware with 1950s-inspired bird prints. So I was really excited to see their new range – Abode – featuring four little animals in their natural habitats. Inspired by geometric patterns as well as African and Scandinavian design, they’re fun, quirky and totally covetable. Top of my wishlist…

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Last month, the talented Christine at Sew Yeah blog wrote an entry about wall planners. You can read it here. Well, I’ve finally gotten round to sorting out the pile of papers that is my desk, and to celebrate, I’ve invested in one of her suggestions, the 2014 Wall Year Planner, £14, from Lollipop Designs (www.lollipopdesigns.co.uk). I love the funky typography, the constellation background and the muted pastel colours and think it…

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Can you tell the difference between the two lovely nests of tables above? Nope, nor can I! The pictures are almost identical. However… the one of the left – the Saturn nest of tables in American oak – costs £275 from Debenhams; and the one on the right – the Skandi oak lamp tables – costs £119.99 from Dunelm Mill. That’s a huge price difference. I’ve always had a soft spot for…

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It’s my favourite time of year – when all the shops start stocking up with their new Spring/Summer ranges. And this year, more than ever before, the high street has taken its cue from the catwalk when it comes to deciding what looks the best-dressed homes are going to wear. For 2014, the biggest trends are… Punchy Pastels (think brighter, candy colours rather than paler hues); Monochrome (with a pop of yellow,…

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How brilliant are these new wooden posters? Forget paper or canvas; these fun animal sketches are screen printed onto flat sheets of birch wood, ready to hang or prop up casually on a shelf. At roughly 30x42cm in size, they look incredibly arty and worth far more than their very reasonable £22 (each) price tag. They’re available from chic homeware store Graham and Green (www.grahamandgreen.co.uk) and there are several designs to choose from,…

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